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Full-scale Lego Renault F1 car to auction

By Chris Thompson, 30 Jan 2019 News

Full-scale Lego Renault F1 car to auction feature

More than 600,000 mostly yellow bricks in the shape of an F1 car up for grabs

A Renault Sport F1 car built almost entirely of Lego pieces is set to auction in a sale by Artcurial.

The yellow replica, wearing Nico Hülkenberg’s number 27, is comprised of approximately 600,000 Lego bricks built onto a metal frame, rolling on actual Pirelli tyres.

The cockpit of the Lego F1 car also features a replica steering wheel not made of the little plastic bricks.

Dubbed the 2017 Renault F1 Team X Lego, the scale model is expected to fetch between €30,000 and €50,000, or between AUD$48,000 and $80,000 to us. Proceeds from the sale will benefit UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund).

“Revealed to the press on 30 November 2017 at L'Atelier Renault, this amazing sculpture of a full-scale single-seater, built entirely out of Lego bricks, wowed the crowds when it was first presented,” the listing explains.

“A collaboration between the Renault F1 Team and Lego, it took several months to put together the bricks, fitted to a metal structure and assembled in three separate sections.

Though the auction house says the car is comprised of 313,000 bricks, Renault’s original press release from 2017 says the model contains 600,000 bricks, with the tyres, bucket seat, and steering wheel actually having spent some time on a circuit – though not in the Lego car, we’d imagine.

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The car was originally built as a 40th anniversary celebration of Renault’s involvement in F1, and was used as a promotional prop throughout the 2018 season.

The Renault F1 Team X Lego is to go under the hammer on February 10, a little over a month before Daniel Ricciardo makes his Renault debut on home soil.